West Purbeck

Clavell Tower

the explosive Tanks in Action Displays- watch in awe as tanks roll into action in the arena, with thundering engines and life-like explosions! Open 10am-5pm daily- a great day out whatever the weather!

Monkey World, the internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, is 31 this year! Opened in 1987 to provide a home for nine abused Spanish beach chimpanzees, it is now home to over 250 primates. Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty. At Monkey World, they can all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment, and some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species.

Combining fun with conservation and animal education, half-hourly talks at the park explain all about man’s closest living relative. Visitors can see the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Business’ and ‘Monkey Life’, then ‘monkey around’ in the south’s largest Great Ape play area for children with its huge variety of swings, slides, and climbing frames. There are several food outlets available at the park, or visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in the beautiful surroundings.

You can help Monkey World to rescue and rehabilitate more primates by adopting a monkey or ape. ‘Adoptive parents’ receive a year’s pass to the park, a photograph of their adopted primate, certificate, and copies of the Ape Rescue Chronicle up to three times a year.

Keep an eye on the website, or social media pages, to keep up with special events throughout the year.

Offering great value for money and a fun, fascinating day out, Monkey World is a firm family favourite all year round. The park is open every day, except Christmas Day, from 10am to 5pm (10am to 6pm during July and August).

Continue north and you reach the tranquil village of Bere Regis, which sits on gently undulating hills at the boundary between chalk downlands to the north and sandy heathlands to the south.

The focus of the village is the Church of St. John the Baptist, probably one of the most visited churches in Dorset thanks to its magnificent timber roof C1475. The protruding beams are carved into twelve figures dressed in medieval costume, probably either monastic figures or meant to represent the twelve Apostles.

The village featured in several novels of Thomas Hardy, most notably, ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, in which it was portrayed as ‘Kingsbere’ and was also home to the founder of the English House of Commons, Simon de Montfort. We hope you enjoy these pages: please leave for the enjoyment of others

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